A guy from Massachusetts was charged in the death of a 5-year-old who was found dead in a suitcase near an interstate nine years ago.
Alberto L. Sierra Jr., who is 32 years old, pleaded not guilty to murder Thursday, according to NBC Boston.
The guy from Fitchburg is accused of killing Jeremiah Oliver, who also lived in the city of about 42,000 people about 20 miles north of Worcester.
Sierra was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.
The tweet below verifies the news:
The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said that Jeremiah’s body was found in a bag off I-190 in Sterling on April 18, 2014. He had been reported missing at the end of 2013.
The prosecutor’s office said that the medical examiner’s office said that the cause of death was “homicidal violence of undetermined etiology,” which means that the cause of death was not known.
NBC Boston says that Sierra was nabbed on Wednesday and charged with murder and digging up a body. He is being held in jail without bail, and online records didn’t make it clear if he had hired a lawyer.
The district attorney’s office news release didn’t say what led to the recent arrests and charges.
The district attorney’s office said at the time that Sierra pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges against the mother and two of her three children. He was given a jail sentence of six to seven years.
But he had not been charged with the boy’s death at the time.
According to the district attorney’s office, the boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver, also pleaded guilty in 2017 to assault and battery and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. She was given a sentence of 7 1/2 years in jail.
Before Jeremiah went missing, Elsa Oliver and her children worked with the state’s Department of Children and Families.
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A report from the state Office of the Child Advocate says that a social worker who didn’t visit Oliver and her kids often enough and two managers were fired after she went missing and died. It said that things like home visits and case reports were changed by the state.
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